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7 Movie Reboots We Deserve Before We Die

More gremlins, more demonic possession, more AOL chat rooms.

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Would you rather be trapped on a raft with Kevin Costner when he has matted hair and a seashell earring or return to using AOL dial-up? Would you prefer to discover a demonic cat boy in your home or be cursed to hear every man's waking thought?

If Hollywood movie executives were forced to answer those questions, then maybe they'd show more discretion towards what source material they choose for film reboots. As of now, we're braced for a barrage of superhero flicks and live-action Disney remakes. Not that Hollywood cares, but if we're going to fall into the nostalgic void, some movies deserve revisiting more than others.

Rebooting any of these 80s and 90s favorites would be better than a sixth Grudge movie:

1.The Craft (1996)

The Craft poster that hung on every teenage girl's wall.The Mary Sue

It's the cult hit that confirmed a teenage girl and the devil are one and the same. Coming-of-age movies always find an audience, but a remake of The Craft would be a reprieve from the overly-saccharine tones of today's young adult films and CW network's teen dramas. Robin Tunney, for one, has been ready for a remake of her breakout film since 2016, when the studio first teased the idea for the film's 20th anniversary. While producers confirm they're still developing a script, Tunney regularly reunites with Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell, and Rachel True for fan conventions and occasional exorcisms.

2. Trading Places (1983)

Trading Places explored the crapshoot of economic and racial difference.NPR

Even though Eddie Murphy favors his hit Coming to America to this John Landis comedy, he and Dan Ackroyd were excellent at exploring class and racial differences during the economic boom of the 80s. Remaking the comedy today would be a biting satire of today's socio-economic turbulence.

3. Clueless (1995)

Clueless should be rebooted for today's Uber and Postmates generation.Insider

It sounds classy to say this was loosely based on Jane Austen's Emma, but this teen flick was written purely for 90s mall rats and sexually frustrated high schoolers. We're stoked that a remake is supposedly in progress with Glow-writer Marquita Robinson, but a modern-day Clueless would be a massive undertaking, remapping the original's fashion, technology, politics, and dating culture.

4. Gremlins (1984)

We deserve more Gremlins.Creative Tourist

Original director Joe Dante has been teasing a remake of the creepy-cute horror-comedy for decades. In 2014, he acknowledged fans' fatigue with the wait: "I am not involved with it. It's something that we hear about every six months for the past five to 10 years. I know there have been many attempts to do it. It's tricky because the rights are jointly owned by Warner Bros and [Steven Spielberg's] Amblin, so you've got to jump through two hurdles to get your idea approved." More Mogwai are always welcome; if we can live with Will Smith as a big blue genie in Aladdin, we can accept anything.

5. You've Got Mail (1998)

You've Got Mail was nervous about corporate power and tech in 1998. Those were the days.The New York Times

Admittedly, outdated social features in this 90s rom-com include chat rooms, independent bookstores, and a triumphant human spirit. But reimagining the film's conflicts over corporate takeovers and communication technology would be a refreshing take on today's Amazon Prime addictions and bad Tinder dates.

6. Short Circuit (1986) / Short Circuit (1988)

Short Circuit believed robots looked like toasters.Gizmodo

It seems every 80s movie imagined the future was full of junkyard robots and abandoned laws of physics. A reboot of the Short Circuit films would bridge a comedic middle ground between Ex Machina and Wall-E. Again, our hopes for a remake have been toyed with since 2012, with IMDB claiming that writer Brent Maddock re-envisioned the sentient robot and his weird human friends: "Number 5, one of a group of experimental military robots, undergoes a sudden transformation after being struck by lightning. He develops self-awareness, consciousness, and a fear of the reprogramming that awaits him back at the factory. With the help of a troubled young boy, Number 5 tries to evade capture and convince his creator that he has truly become alive."

7. Waterworld (1995)

Waterworld's Sea Eater scene was almost worth the trauma.Film Takeout

Someone dare James Cameron to remake Waterworld. In 1995, it was the most expensive film ever made. With the Avatar director resetting this record with nearly each of his movies, he'd probably flood an entire American city to shoot the opening titles.


Meg Hanson is a Brooklyn-based writer, teacher and jaywalker. Find Meg at her website and on Twitter @megsoyung.


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The death of Nora Ephron is an immense loss to all who enjoyed romantic comedies, strong female perspectives and the written word. Her lengthy and accomplished career inspired a legion of wannabe Manhattanites, writers and seemingly "can do it all" superwomen. But her films contained memorable musical moments, too, serving to introduce younger audiences to Harry Nilsson or Carly Simon, and reveal the hidden voices of box office favorites like Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan. In lieu of a full-blown film retrospective (that's on tap for later tonight) we've highlighted our favorite musical memories from Ephron's film catalog. We encourage you to enjoy, reflect and sing along.

"COMING AROUND AGAIN/ITSY BITSY SPIDER," HEARTBURN (1986)

Much of Carly Simon's score from Ephron's true to life film—based on her marriage to Carl Bernstein—was ultimately released as its own album in 1987, but her sweeping muses on regret almost always make me think of Meryl Streep's power pantsuits and billowy tops worn while walking the runway before flights between New York and Washington, DC.

"THE SURREY WITH A FRINGE ON TOP," WHEN HARRY MET SALLY... (1989)

The Oklahoma! staple is the go-to karaoke song of Harry (Billy Crystal) when he needs to cheer up a recently re-heartbroken Sally (Meg Ryan). His determination to make her smile, and the revelation that she's utterly tone deaf when she finally does come around, as well as the machine's reappearance later in the film, makes this duet more memorable than any stage version.

"IT HAD TO BE YOU," WHEN HARRY MET SALLY... (1989)

Frank Sinatra provides the score to Harry's "aha!" moment, when realizing that Sally, with all her quirks and hang-ups, truly is the love of his life. His patient, slow-burning take on the song counteracts Harry's need for immediacy, as he desperately tries to escape speeding cabs and drunk partygoers on New Year's Eve night in New York City. He'll risk his life, though, because, "when you realize wanna spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible." We also welcome your thoughts on the true meaning of "Auld Lang Syne."

"SLEIGH RIDE," SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE (1993)

A late-night drive to Baltimore ultimately introduces Annie (Meg Ryan) to heartbroken widower, Sam (Tom Hanks), and his proactive son Jonah (Ross Malinger), who hopes Santa will bring him a new wife for his dad and a new mom by Christmas morning. But first! An energetic, solo holiday sing-along establishes that the conflicted writer could only settle down with someone who shares her love of horses, horses, horses, horses.

"DREAMS," YOU'VE GOT MAIL (1998)

A quintessential New York Ephron movie for the '90s—or any year, really—opens with real life strangers-cum-email confidantes  Joe (Tom Hanks) and Kathleen (Meg Ryan) sharing the same invigorating walk through the city's Upper West Side. Set to the "Dreams" by The Cranberries, it's more a portrait of a neighborhood, the intoxicating smells of freshly sharpened pencils in fall and the truly small town feel the city can have.

"OVER THE RAINBOW," YOU'VE GOT MAIL (1998)

Riverside Park at peak bloom, a cute dog named Brinkley and Harry Nilsson's version of "Over the Rainbow" brings the updated version of Shop Around The Corner to a triumphant, heart-swelling close. Nilsson's voice so matches the early spring setting and stifled mixture of both shock and relief once Tom Hanks appears around the bend, that I'm almost too always emotional to receite "I wanted it to be you, I wanted it to be you so badly." Almost.

"PSYCHO KILLER," JULIE & JULIA (2009)

The Talking Heads' "Psycho Killer" gets reworked into an original song by saint of a husband Eric Powell (Chris Messina), in order to commemorate the night his French Chef-worshipping wife (Amy Adams) finally crossed crustaceans off her year-long cooking list.

Have your own favorite musical moment from a Nora Ephron film? Share it in the comments below.